While it sounds like a good idea, you might want to think twice the next time you and your partner split your household chores down the middle.
According to a new study, couples where men did none of the “women’s work” reported 1.6 times more sexual encounters than couples where men took on the bulk of the cooking and cleaning chores.
Coming out of the University of Washington, the study suggests an equitable division of household labor is less than ideal if you’re looking for a passionate relationship.
“Households where husbands did 40 percent of female
housework reported almost one less sexual encounter a month.”
The study found couples spend about 34 hours a week on “female” chores (i.e. tidying up) and about 17 hours a week on “male” chores (i.e. fixing the car).
Households where husbands did 40 percent of female housework reported almost one less sexual encounter a month than those in which the males took on no female chores.
Study co-author Julie Brines summarized:
“There’s a sibling-like tonality to the relationships. They’re really good best friends, but the sexual charge is missing from the relationship,” Brines said. “If the activity is coded as masculine or feminine and it expresses ideas about what makes the opposite sex interesting, attractive, alluring, mysterious…that seems to be related to sexual activity and possibly sexual desire.”
Source: Washington.edu. Photo source: goodenoughmother.com.